On July 12, 2017, MSNBC host Joy Reid shared a conspiracy theory on Twitter about Jared Kushner and his relationship with the Trump administration and a company called Genie Energy.
However, the article she shared is from an anime Nazi news website, whose staff openly supports Hitler and posts extremist articles to this day.
The tweet, as well as the original article on AnimeRight.news, have now been deleted, but thanks to the Internet archive Wayback Machine, they've been saved.
In 2017, Reid posted the link, adding that “Jared Kushner is close to @NYPost publisher Rupert Murdoch.”
Many of Reid's followers were quick to point out that the article was published on an extremist website, but her tweet remained up for several hours, according to several screenshots acquired by IJR.
One user, who goes by “bo is purest boi,” replied to one of Reid's followers who tried to warn her explaining their opinion that the website is a “fact based news outlet,” but that they are also “Nazis.”
According to the account's Twitter bio, the person behind it is an “Editor @ AnimeRight.news.”
The user has since been suspended on Twitter.
Another user then weighed in on the thread, saying, “he isn't wrong. here's one of our senior editors hard at work on his next breaking news story!” with a picture of Adolf Hitler attached.
The Editor of AnimeRight.news then replied, saying, “HEY! I told you not to take sneak photos of me while I was working!”
The thread only gets worse from there:
AnimeRight.news then published an article titled, “MSNBC & The Daily Beast Endorse Anime Right News,” which has since been deleted, but discovered in the archives by IJR.
“Joy-Ann M. Lomena-Reid (Joy Reid), host of MSNBC's AM Joy as well as a political commentator at The Daily Beast, has used this very website by citing it as a source,” they write. They later added, “We accept this endorsement.”
One day after sharing the article from the extremist website, Reid responded to a tweet from an account that was supposedly “tracking a high level of bot/troll attacks against” her.
Reid appears to have blamed SEO for ranking the article in the top of her Google search, which ultimately led her to share the link on Twitter.
Be careful what you link to in Google searches. Troll sites are still using SEO to get high placement and links. Forewarned=forearmed! https://t.co/kZ0gWtFrK6
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 13, 2017
NBC declined to comment on the matter and Reid did not get back to IJR by the time of publication.
Reid's original tweet received little media coverage back in 2017 as Twitchy appears to have been the only one to publish a story on the subject.
At the time of publication, an article titled, “Waifu Holocaust Averted... For Now” was the second highest trending story on the extremist website.
Reid sharing a link from this site is of particular relevance as it was recently reported by The Federalist that Reid had attacked CNN's Wolf Blitzer on her old blog for being “too nice” to Jews.
On top of that, Reid promoted “Loose Change,” a conspiracy theory documentary claiming that the attacks on September 11, 2001, were coordinated by the U.S. government.
BuzzFeed discovered a picture Reid had posted to her old blog of Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) head photoshopped onto the body of the Virginia Tech shooter. Reid has also defended homophobia and the mocking of gay people.
On Friday, both Reid and MSNBC issued statements in response to the blog posts and apologized, despite her previously blaming hackers for the offensive posts.
Reid's statement reads:
While I published my blog, starting in 2005, I wrote thousands of posts in real time on the issues of the day. There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by, things I would have said differently and issues where my position has changed. Today I’m sincerely apologizing again.
I’m sorry for the collateral damage and pain this is causing individuals and communities caught in the crossfire.
To be clear, I have the highest respect for Sen. McCain as a public servant and patriot and wish him and his family the best. I have reached out to Meghan McCain and will continue to do so. She is a former on-air colleague and I feel deeply for her and her family.
I’ve also spoken openly about my evolution on many issues and know that I’m a better person today than I was over a decade ago. I am the daughter of immigrants and have worked to be a strong ally of these communities. There is no question in my mind that Al Qaeda perpetrated the 9/11 attacks or about Israel’s right to its sovereignty.
I believe the totality of my work attests to my ideals and I continue to grow every day.
For their part, MSNBC's statement reads:
Some of the things written by Joy on her old blog are obviously hateful and hurtful. They are not reflective of the colleague and friend we have known at MSNBC for the past seven years. Joy has apologized publicly and privately and said she has grown and evolved in the many years since, and we know this to be true.
Reid remains employed by MSNBC as the host of “AM Joy.”